11 Unique Ways Dads Can Bond With Baby

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  1. Tracey Abrahams (The Anxious Dragon)

    These are all great ways for a dad to bond with their baby, I especially like the being silly one #bigfstlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      I’m very good at that one ;)

  2. Luke Strickland

    We had both our kids at home, and it was amazing to be such a part of the birth each time, and cutting the cord. Good thoughts as usual Al! #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Wow! I’d love to do that but I know Jen is too nervous. Thanks buddy :)

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you, so important :)

  3. Mummy Fever

    Great tips ! The top off thing we have done each time, so special #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you and thanks for joining us :)

  4. Alexandra Hurton

    I love this. Dad’s are forgotten when it comes to bonding time. The majority of posts and articles i read are all bout mother and baby bond time. Dad’s need that strong bond too. My partner has always had bath time as his too and would alternate feeds with me (bottle feeding). It has worked well for us as the three of us are all very close. #BigFatLinky

    • Al Ferguson

      That’s great to hear that you found something that works so well for you :)

  5. JOhn Adams

    Number 9 s so important; be confident. Also, be prepared o make mistakes. You’re going to make them. Be confident enough to admit it and roll with the punches.

    As for point Number 4, since April 2015 men in the UK have had the legal right to time off work to attend ante-natal appointments. It’s taken a long time to get this right…so use it! Thanks for hosting #BigFatLinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Well said that man! Thanks for joining us.

    • Al Ferguson

      Hope he is in The Dad Network dads group?

  6. Mum in Brum

    Really great advice here! Bath time has always been Dad’s time in our house. The baby carrier is also a (welcome from me) dad job which both baby and Dad love. Dad is by far the favourite in our house – the smiles are all reserved for when he comes home! It’s also so important to be silly – Dad’s do this so well :) #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Couldn’t agree more. Hope he is in The Dad Network?

  7. Pete

    Feeding my baby has been huge for me so far in these early stages of fatherhood. Since wifey has been pumping her milk, it’s provide the unique bonding opportunity that most breastfed babies don’t get in these first few weeks. Glad I stopped by on the #BigFatLinky

  8. Random Musings

    Fantastic post. I often read posts about mums bonding or feeling like they aren’t bonding with their new babies. Great to read about it from a dad’s point of view as I think dads are often overlooked in the beginning. Good, practical advice. Thanks for hosting the #bigfatlinky
    Debbie

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you. I agree with you. hopefully we will help to change that :)

  9. Silly Mummy

    Good advice and tips. I agree with what you said at start though – I think most people overthink and worry too much about this when they actually do it pretty naturally. #bigfatlinky

  10. Dawn of the Dad

    Such great advice for those new to the world of dad. Bonding with the little ones is so empowering, for both baby and dad!

    • Al Ferguson

      Yep! :) Thanks for your comment buddy

  11. Emma's Mamma

    This is a great list! My husband did pretty much all of these when Emma was born, except for the working out one lol #bigfatlinky

  12. James Hunt

    Great post. Simple, easy advice to follow.
    I always found bath time and feeding time to be so important.
    You can create a real close bond when you’re giving them a bottle!!
    #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Bath time is so important for us. Love it!

  13. Helen

    Having watched my husband and baby grow together and form this amazing bond is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. They spend all day together and from the early days I wasn’t concerned at all with going back to work and leaving ‘the boys’ at home. They have such a special relationship. They have ‘adventures’ each and everyday. The most wonderful part of being a parent is sharing it with one another

    • Al Ferguson

      That’s lovely! Good for him! :)

  14. Mrs Tubbs

    Great tips and it’s nice to see posts like this from the dad’s point of view. Rev T did all these things when the Tubblet was tiny. Have a lovely week and thanks for hosting

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you and thanks for joining :)

  15. Helena Ashworth

    Reading your post reminds me of all the reasons that I’m thankful that I have the husband I have. #BigFatLinky

    • Al Ferguson

      I know my wife says the same. Lucky aren’t we? :)

  16. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Really great tips here. Especially the skin to skin & bath time. That’s really nice that it’s your & Ted’s special time together. Being confident is important too – a new baby is overwhelming for both parents, especially the first one :) #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      13 months in and I’m missed less baths than you could count on one hand :)

  17. Alison

    Some really lovely ideas here. You forgot nappy changing though — that’s a great opportunity to play games and get to know your baby, especially in the early days when he or she might find it a bit upsetting and might need soothing. #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson

      Great addition, thank you :)

  18. Everything Mummy

    Great suggestions for how dads can bond with a baby I think the first one is crucial as some fathers will just think to let mum get on with it all but it is just as much of an experience for them so getting involved in the labour and pregnancy gets you off on the right foot! #bigfatlinky

  19. Michelle McNulty

    Gosh this list takes me back.. Such lovely ideas- making use of simplicity. Which lets face it, is best when it comes to parenting! Great post. #BigFatLinky

  20. Becky (@attwtwo)

    These are such lovely ideas. My husband always did the winding after I fed baby – it always felt like it was a team effort that way! He also loves bath time and enjoys helping with the bedtime routine now the children are older :) Thanks for co-hosting #bigfatlinky

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